NEW ROUND – Sitka Fire Chief Craig Warren chats with Patrick and Catharine Weaver this afternoon at the fire hall during a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The Weavers were waiting fifteen minutes after receiving the Moderna version of the COVID-19 vaccine. About 100 Sitkans were scheduled to receive their first dose today. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses for full efficacy. Sitkans can sign up to receive vaccinations at (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Clarence B. Dull

Clarence B. Dull

Clarence B. Dull, a Sitka resident for 63 years, died Aug. 17 at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. He was 91.

Friends and family will celebrate his life at a party 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at the Swan Lake Senior Center. It will be a potluck, and those attending are invited to take a dish to share.

A private family burial ceremony was held this afternoon at Sitka National Cemetery.

Clarence was born Jan. 6, 1926, in Akiak, the son of Margaret (Melsi) and John A. Dull Jr. He had two sisters, Mary and Anna; and six brothers, Teddy Clark, William Clark, John A. Dull, Joseph Clark, Arthur Clark and Richard Dull.

He attended area schools up to the seventh grade. He was in the U.S. Army from Dec. 20, 1945, to Feb. 7, 1947, serving at Ft. Richardson, as a cook.

He married Oressia S. Macar on May 11, 1952, in Kwethluk, and they came to Sitka in 1954. He worked as a cook assistant at Mt. Edgecumbe, and as a custodian at Alaska Lumber & Pulp mill from 1964 to 1988.

Warm and loving, Clarence greatly enjoyed spending time with his family. He also liked to hunt and fish, and be on his boat.

Clarence is survived by his six children and their families:

Son Clarence “Sonny” Dull and wife Theresa of Toksook Bay; their sons Darrin Dull, and Aaron Dull (and his wife Caryn and children Torian and Audrina); and daughters Cadence, and Sharon (and her husband Chad and daughter Raquel).

Daughter Margaret S. Dull of Sitka.

Daughter Evelyn A. Sanborn of Sitka and her daughters, Christian Sanborn and Rickianne Baker and husband Lance.

Son John A. Dull of Sitka.

Daughter Janet K. Light and husband Mike of Anchorage, and sons Ian Pilcher (and his son Anthony) and James Pilcher; and daughters Heather Pilcher and Charlie Surita and her husband Steven (and their children Reagan Reed and Aimree Reed.

Daughter Sandra S. Holder of Sitka, her fiance Dennis Smith, and sons Gavin Holder and Teagan Holder, and daughters Savanna Holder and Quinlyn Holder.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made through Margaret Dull, 3208 Halibut Point Road No. 11, Sitka, AK 99835.



August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


On March 30 the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

In appreciation for the willingness of our subscribers to pick up their daily paper at drop-off sites, the Sentinel was free to all readers, and subscriptions were extended without charge.

As of August 1 the Sentinel is once again charging for subscriptions, but the present method of having subscribers pick up their papers at designated sites will continue.

The expiration date of all subscriptions has been extended without charge for an additional four months.

We thank our readers for their support in these uncertain times, and especially those who paid for the paper despite the free offer.

We look forward to the time when we can safely resume home delivery.

To check on the expiration of your subscription or to make a payment please call 747-3219. The subscription email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We also will be mailing out reminder cards.

The single copy price is again 75 cents. The news racks do not require coins to open, but we ask that the 75 cents for a non-subscription single copy sale be paid with coins in the slot.

– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


Login Form



Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 1-15-21)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 10:55 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 296

Total statewide – 49,835

Total (cumulative) deaths – 228

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,126

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 5 p.m. Thursday.

Active cases in Sitka – 17

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 301 (274 resident; 27 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 281

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.




January 2001

Photo caption: Sarah and Jeremy Pickard and Dr. James Brooks show off Lauren Marie Pickard, the first baby born in Sitka this year. She arrived at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital at 10:05 a.m., Jan. 4, weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 20 inches. She’s the first child for the Pickards,who moved here in May with the U.S. Coast Guard.

January 1971

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Foster and daughter Marchele have ended a two-week vacation trip to Idaho. They bought a new Mustang in Seattle, drove it to Sandpoint, Idaho, to visit relatives and stopped in Everett, Wash., to visit Mrs. Foster’s cousin, whom she hadn’t seen in 13 years. Mrs. Foster and Marchele returned by plane and Foster is following with the car, on the ferry.